401k and Personal Finance

More tips for 2009 income tax filing

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I received both the federal and state tax refund last week.

Besides using the Turbo Tax from Bank of America site (get 35% off). For State (show me state) filing, I used paper filing, because state filing is usually simply enough, and also the Turbo Tax already gave me the estimate refund amount (so that I can compare my own calculation with it).

One thing to keep in mind, is to use the “fill/calculate” versions of the tax forms, when filling the forms using Adobe Acrobat Reader. That way, when you print, you will have a bar code, which will expedite things according to MO Department of Revenue. One can certainly use Turbo Tax state version too, but I felt it’s just unnecessary. I did used the state version once or twice, and at one time I screwed up (put negative number in income), and the online software did not warn me. Later I had to make amended return. So my lesson there is never trust the computer blindly.


S&P 500 10 years chart

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March 04 1999 to Mar 02 2009, courtesy of Google Finance.


Two thoughts pop up by looking at the charts:
1) We probably have not hit bottom yet;

2) The drop in mid 2008 till now is so sharp, 50% in one year 🙁

BTW, I think it’s a good idea to stay away from the market these days. Learn from the Oracle of Omaha.